What We’ve Built
Sustainable progress requires energy, but even today, 1.1 billion people in the world lack access to the benefits of reliable electricity. As a global energy consumer and major manufacturer of energy conversion and power-generation products, Caterpillar is uniquely positioned to leverage innovation to meet the world’s growing energy needs.
Our products bring traditional, renewable and alternative energy options to urban, rural and remote communities. We have hundreds of distributed power generation systems operating all over the world. These systems improve energy access while emitting fewer greenhouse gases (GHG) than traditional power grid systems. We provide combined heat and power systems and combined-cycle power systems that can double the efficiency of power generation when compared with conventional power grids.
Our energy solutions also include hydropower, methane from landfills, microgrid solutions and backup generators to supplement wind power. Cat® products have helped construct hydropower dams in every region of the world, including the Hoover Dam in the United States, the Bhakra Dam in India, the Yacyreta Dam in Paraguay and Argentina and the Owens Falls Dam in Uganda – just to name a few.
In the world’s mining industry, Cat® machines dig, haul and transport the copper, iron ore, gold and other commodities necessary to construct the things that keep communities connected – from bridges to railways to smartphones. Our products and services also help our mining customers to be more efficient and safer on their jobsite, reducing fuel consumption and identifying operator fatigue.
Cat machines create new and repair existing infrastructure, which improves access to energy, clean water, schools and hospitals. Infrastructure also supports trade and makes it possible for a worker to get to their job. In the United States, Cat products have helped build more than 77,000 miles of highways since 1944. Our machines helped widen the Panama Canal in the 1960s and are at work widening the Canal again now. Cat machines helped construct the German Autobahn, the Kansai International Airport in Osaka, Japan, and the BR 101, the major coastal highway that runs the length of Brazil and is part of the Pan-American Highway.
We have also built a valuable business, and contributed to resource conservation, since we began remanufacturing engines in 1973. For more than 40 years, we have been a big part of what is now called the Circular Economy. Through remanufacturing we return our products to same-as-when-new condition; this reduces the use of additional raw materials, ultimately enabling us to conserve precious natural resources.
These are examples of the sustainable products and solutions we’ve brought to our customers. We also have many examples of Caterpillar’s sustainability commitment to our people.
From 2014 to 2015, we continued to improve our trend toward world-class performance in safety with a 17 percent reduction in Recordable Injury Frequency (RIF) and a 13 percent reduction in Lost-Time Case Frequency Rate (LTCFR). A safe work environment is our first priority and over the last 15 years, we have improved RIF by about 90 percent. That is fantastic progress! But we know even one injury is one too many – that’s why our goal is zero.
Caterpillar’s Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) progress has earned several accolades, and our Employee Resource Groups help drive innovation and an environment where every employee feels heard and valued. We’re committed to constant learning and improvement and confident D&I strengthens our team.
In addition, Caterpillar employees contribute their time and resources to promote the health and welfare of communities where we work and live. Since 1952, the Caterpillar Foundation has invested hundreds of millions of dollars to transform lives through education, environmental stewardship and emergency relief. Today, the Foundation invests in programs like microfinance and access to clean water and better sanitation, always focused on their mission: alleviating the root causes of poverty.